Interview with John Allen of Charm City Devils
Charm City Devils frontman John Allen joined our program this week and to be completely honest, we didn’t know what to expect. They’re a band that has had a few very solid years so far but hasn’t quite resonated with either Andrew or myself. As a result of their new album and this interview, that has very much changed.
Charm City Devils are signed to Eleven Seven Music and were actually named by label president and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. Since their inception, the band was featured as part of the Crue Fest 2 lineup and has released two albums, 2009’s Let’s Rock n’ Roll and Sins, which recently dropped on April 10th.
Sins is a solid record. The lead single is “Man of Constant Sorrow”, a cover tune which received a hard rock treatment courtesy of the Charm City Devils. It’s doing quite well nationwide on terrestrial and satellite radio. I like “Man of Constant Sorrow” a lot but my favorite song on the album is titled “Still Alive.”
The song is deeply personal to John as you’ll hear from the audio. The subject matter deals with a battle of skin cancer that left John wondering what would happen to his family if he succombed to the disease. Crazy stuff but gives so much perspective to a powerful song.
John Allen is a really cool guy and talking to him was akin to meeting an old friend in a bar. The conversation effortlessly moved through a variety of subjects, most notably the band’s history and “Still Alive” and then onto the other important stuff like old Baltimore and Washington, D.C. music landmarks like the Thunderdome and Nation. It was such a fun conversation.
Sins is available now in stores that still sell music and in tons of online spaces. The band is currently on the road with the excellent Taproot and later with Theory of a Deadman. Check out the Charm City Devils website for dates.
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